The 2015 Global Cloud Adoption Report

Microsoft Office 365 Surges Ahead of Google Apps

I have been advocating the adoption of new technology like cloud services will have its day, and this global report compiled by Bitglass, certainly shows interesting trends. The survey covered more than 180,000 global businesses and shows that Cloud is being adopted faster than many thought it would, small and large businesses alike.

Craig Ashmole

Founding Partner, CCServe Ltd

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EMEA and APAC Outpace North America with Cloud Adoption

International data shows EMEA (59%) and APAC (61%) outpaced North American (48%) in the Cloud adoption curve. Finland embraced the cloud more than any other country with 78 percent of enterprises using Google or Microsoft. APAC and EMEA showed higher adoption of critical security solutions such as single sign-on (SSO).

“I have been banging on for a while now, through my tweets and in general news articles, that there would be no doubt about the big C-Change in technology departments particularly around the adoption of Cloud based services, even though many CIOs were resisting”, states Craig Ashmole, Founding Partner of London based IT Consulting CCServe. “The CIO community should now recognise that users and market trends are voting with their dollars by adopting Cloud quicker than initially expected.”

Total Data Protection and application security company Bitglass, announced the results of its second annual Cloud Adoption Report issued in August 2015. The global report shows an amazing change over one year and a dramatic coup by Microsoft Office 365 (O365), which overtook Google for the lead in cloud email and productivity since last year’s report.

Microsoft O365 adoption grew more than 300% to 25.2 percent of enterprises compared to just 7.7 percent last year. Even with the scale tipping towards Microsoft, Google is still growing its enterprise user base, up to 22.8 percent from 16.3 percent last year. Overall, nearly half (48 percent) of enterprises are using cloud-based productivity and email suites. What’s more, the report finds that nearly 60 percent of organisations with more than 1,000 employees embrace cloud technologies.

This year’s report draws on the largest data set available on this topic, leveraging automated, cloud-based analysis of real-world traffic data from nearly 120,000 organisations globally up from 2014’s report which covered 80,000 businesses. The focus of the report includes major enterprise cloud applications, including Microsoft O365, Google Apps, SalesForce and Box.

“Cloud adoption is at an all-time high and Microsoft is winning over Google. The surprise is that large corporations, even in heavily regulated industries, are gaining confidence in using cloud apps,” says Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. “The increased focus on security, including the emergence of third-party security services from cloud access security brokers, are filling critical gaps, paving the way for broader adoption of cloud apps in the enterprise.”

Key findings from the 2015 report:

  • Microsoft vs. Google: O365 is the New King of the Hill: 
    Microsoft O365 tripled its market share from 7.7 percent in 2014 to 25.2 percent this year. Comparatively, while Google Apps jumped from 16.3 percent to 22.8 percent.
  • Large Organisations Rapidly Moving to the Cloud:
    Overall adoption of cloud-based email in organisations with more than 1,000 employees rose drastically from 18 percent to 57 percent. Meanwhile, organisations with fewer than 500 employees nearly doubled from 24 percent to 44 percent during the past year.
  • Regulated Industries Swiftly Moving to the Cloud:
    In regulated industries, organisations with more than 1,000 employees showed great interest in Google Apps and Microsoft O365. Since 2014, Google Apps has shown a 200 percent increase (from five percent to 15 percent) and O365 has observed an incredible 500 percent increase from five percent to 30 percent).
  • EMEA and APAC Outpace North America Cloud Adoption:
    Finland Leads with Nearly 80 Percent Adoption International data shows EMEA (at 59 percent) and APAC (at 61 percent) outpaced North American (at 48 percent) in the adoption curve. Finland embraced the cloud more than any other country with 78 percent of enterprises using Google or Microsoft. Both APAC and EMEA showed higher adoption of critical security solutions such as single sign-on (SSO).

So for the Cloud flag carriers this is a good news story showing that both large and smaller businesses are accepting Cloud and becoming more comfortable with the use of some business applications in the cloud. Remembering that hybrid cloud services are still very much trial grounds till more sensitive data moves into the public cloud arena. Security is continually being addressed and smaller SME technology companies are working hard round this area to bring the security satisfaction we all want.

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